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Latest News on Dividend and Preferred Stocks

Updating and Tweaking the Short/Medium Duration Portfolios

We have taken a closer look this weekend at the 2 short/medium duration portfolios and have determined that we have to make some moves this week.  Additionally we have updated the “yield to worst” (or “yield to maturity”)  of these models as most issues have moved past the “1st call date” (the date at which […]

Financial Services Firm B Riley Financial Sells a Nice Baby Bond

Financial services firm B Riley Financial (NASDAQ:RILY) has sold a new baby bond issue.  The issue has a coupon of 7.5% and a maturity date in 2027 which are terms that are very enticing to us. B Riley is a Los Angeles based financial services company that provides a full array of corporate finance, research, […]

Preferred Stock and Baby Bond Bargains Tough to Find

While preferred stocks and baby bonds sold off quite significantly a couple of months ago those bargains are now gone and the continuation of redemptions of higher yielding issues continue. On March 30th we wrote that the average preferred stock price which had hit a high of $26.25 and then proceeded to sell off to […]

Bargains, Bull Traps and Blood

Blood in the streets creates opportunity OR does it?  Maybe or maybe not.  Maybe a bull trap instead. It has been a rough week or two for many income issues out there.  Fortunately preferred stocks and baby bonds held rock steady with the average share moving just a nickel over the course of the last […]

Added Gaslog Partners to the Blended Income Portfolio

As we had noted last week when we published details on the Gaslog Partners LP (NYSE:GLOP) new fixed to floating rate preferred we planned to purchase shares in the issue.  On 5/10/2017 we purchased what to us is a full position of 500 shares of the issue at $24.97/share.  The issue is still listed on […]

LNG Shipper GasLog Partners L.P. Sells a Nice Fixed to Floating Preferred

Added–GasLog Partners is taxed as a C Corp–as such a 1099 is issued.   LNG ocean shipper GasLog Partners L.P. has sold a new fixed-to-floating rate preferred with a nice coupon of 8.625%.  While the issue is perpetual we have an interest in this issue. GasLog Partners is a rather small partnership with a fleet […]

Looking Ahead to May Events

So here we are heading into May tomorrow and we wanted to take a quick look at the May “events” that could be critical drivers of income portfolios during the month. Starting on Tuesday, May 2nd, we have the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.  Of course these meetings are always important, but this year […]

NuStar Energy L.P. Sells a Fixed-to-Floating Rate Preferred

Giant master limited partnership NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE:NS) has sold a 7.625% Fixed-to-Floating rate preferred.  The offering is a large one with 14,000,000 shares sold with an over allotment of 1.4 million shares which will generate gross proceeds of $385,000,000 assuming exercise of the over allotment. NuStar is one of the larger companies in the […]

2 New Baby Bond Offerings

Mortgage REIT Great Ajax (NYSE:AJX) and specialty auto insurer Atlas Financial Holdings (NASDAQ:AFH) have both sold baby bond issues this week and we would expect the issues to begin trading in the next couple of days. Great Ajax Corporation has sold 3,050,000 $25 convertible senior notes and has granted the underwriter an option to purchase […]

Qwest Corporation Issues Another Baby Bond

In what has been an annual foray into the debt markets Qwest Corporation (a wholly owned subsidiary of CenturyLink) has sold another baby bond issue.  With this new issuance the company will have 9 baby bond issues outstanding.  The company will realize approximately $635,000,000 from this offering assuming the full exercise of the overallotment and […]

Wells Fargo and Company Sells a Fixed Rate Preferred Issue

Banking giant Wells Fargo and Company (NYSE:WFC) has sold a large fixed rate preferred stock issue with a reasonable coupon of 5.625%.  This is the 11th $25/share preferred stock issue that WFC will have outstanding.  This new issue will be 24 million shares, which is a huge issue, but not nearly as large as some […]

Business Development Company TICC Capital Sells a Baby Bond Issue

BDC TICC Capital (NASDAQ:TICC) has sold a new shorter duration baby bond issue with a coupon of 6.50%.  TICC will use the proceeds from the offering to redeem a portion of the 7.50% 2012 Convertible Notes which are due 11/1/2017. The new baby bonds will have a maturity date of 3/30/2024 and will have an […]